Tales of the Jazz Age is a delightful, sobering, thought-provoking, and downright curious collection of 11 of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories, published after his first two novels - This Side of Paradise (1920) and The Beautiful and Damned (1922) - but before The Great Gatsby (1925). In Tales of the Jazz Age, Fitzgerald takes on the mystery and confusion of love: from Southern temptations (´´The Jellybean´´) to humorous (´´The Camel’s Back´´) to poignant (´´The Lees of Happiness´´) to heartbreakingly cruel (´´O Russet Witch´´) to gay-but-tempered in post-World War I New York, with its dark undertones of alcoholism, communism, a liberal press, and the treatment of returning veterans (May Day). Fitzgerald moves away from the real world and takes the listener into the fantasy of a gemstone that is, literally, the size of a mountain (´´The Diamond as Big as the Ritz´´), with echoes of H. G. Wells and rough government authority flying into the story. But, staying with fantasies, Fitzgerald also treats the listener to two plays (Porcelain and Pink and Mr. Icky) that will bring smiles and a few good laughs to the listener’s ears. It is hard to categorize ´´The Curious Tale of Benjamin Button´´ except to say that the listener of this audiobook who has seen or heard about the recent movie of the same name should not - must not - expect anything like that. About all you need to know about Benjamin Button is that his birth and life were anything but normal. In ´´Tarquin of Cheapside´´, Fitzgerald tries out his inner Shakespeare, with an Elizabethan setting and characters that take the listener down dark London streets and into a rather unexpected but satisfying conclusion. And if London of the 16th century is not enough color for the listener of this audiobook, then ´´Jemina, the Mountain Girl´´ will transport you deep into the Kentucky hills, where family feuds over moonshine an 1. Language: English. Narrator: C James Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/002359/bk_mike_002359_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Unforgettable characters and a fascinating 1920s setting. It´s the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it´s all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Daniel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/000890/bk_boli_000890_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a fascinating blend of biography and history, Joseph Tartakovsky tells the epic and unexpected story of our Constitution through the eyes of 10 extraordinary individuals - some renowned, like Alexander Hamilton and Woodrow Wilson, and some forgotten, like James Wilson and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Tartakovsky brings to life their struggles over our supreme law from its origins in revolutionary America to the era of Obama and Trump. Sweeping from settings as diverse as Gold Rush California to the halls of Congress, and crowded with a vivid Dickensian cast, Tartakovsky shows how America’s unique constitutional culture grapples with questions like democracy, racial and sexual equality, free speech, economic liberty, and the role of government. Joining the ranks of other great American storytellers, Tartakovsky chronicles how Daniel Webster sought to avert the Civil War; how Alexis de Tocqueville misunderstood America; how Robert Jackson balanced liberty and order in the battle against Nazism and Communism; and how Antonin Scalia died warning Americans about the ever-growing reach of the Supreme Court. From the 1787 Philadelphia Convention to the clash over gay marriage, this is a grand tour through two centuries of constitutional history as never told before, and an education in the principles that sustain America in the most astonishing experiment in government ever undertaken. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph Tartakovsky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117251/bk_acx0_117251_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.